Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Thursday, January 25. 2018

This is it...the last day of Term 2 (Semester 1). Today's schedule is D-C-B-A

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll finish our look at the big picture of crime, media and society 12. Today we'll watch Patrick Jane's "antics" on the Mentalist. We'll watch "Paint it Red" from Season 1 in which a business tycoon's son-in-law is found dead near where a $50 million painting once hung in his father-in-law's office. Jane and the CBI try to find out how he might have been involved and who else is responsible. From TV tropes:

Possessing exceptional knowledge of human behavior, extensive meditative and hypnotic training, a refined memory and superhuman deductive skills, Patrick Jane is one of the most valuable agents of the CBI in the fight against crime. Though technically he's not a cop, just a consultant. The "Great Detective" trope is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Of course the BBC did a modern version where Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) solves crimes through sheer intellect and his Sherlock Scan, but is a (self-proclaimed) "high-functioning sociopath" barely kept in check by his friend Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). In The Mentalist, Patrick Jane does have that "Sherlock Stare" and he confounds his team members and keeps them in the dark about his plans until Voila...crime solved. Jane has what can only be described as potentially a high functioning personality disorder but with supreme intellect that assuredly saves the day for the police who clearly can't do their job properly without his help. Hmmm...sound familiar? Remember Dr. Cal Lightman in Lie to Me?  So to end what can we deduce (Sherlock) from the crime media dramas we watched this week?
Does the media merely reflect society's beliefs that the police are incompetent or does it create an image that we but into? Should we care - is it fine to turn the critical parts of our psyche off and merely be entertained for 44 minutes?...or should we try to find meaning in the message?

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today is day 2 of your final exam. If you chose the project option you've got the block to work on your theme park project and if you chose the test option then today you'll be working on the short written answer portion of the test. I know that you are prepared and am certain that you'll do well. Breathe, relax and dazzle me with what you know.

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we'll be back in the library to finish work on your BC renewable energy activity. Remember you need to examine four of the six most common renewable energy sources (hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, biomass, tidal, and solar) and provide sound reasoning as to why you believe your top choice should be chosen as an energy project here in BC, Look at yesterday's blog post for links.
From the 2007 BC Energy Plan...yep 11 years ago

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